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Costume Ideas - Grease

Ideas for putting together costumes for a high school production of Grease
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Back of halter style prom dress

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Another handmade prom dress from a Simplicity Retro pattern--halter style.

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Towards the end we were running out of time, so crinolines got made with one layer of netting. We made some black and some white--depending on the dress being worn.

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We had to make lots of crinolines, so we used the bottoms of old tee-shirts (the bottom hem became the channel for elastic), then sewed on a couple of layers of gathered netting.

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Cha-cha's crinoline followed a pattern I found online for kid's pettiskirts.

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Cha-cha's dress was a thrift store dress that got a "shelf" bust line made of the hem cut off of one of the longer prom dresses when we shortened it. We glued Dollar Tree carnations to a piece of felt and then sewed them on (always trying to ensure the dresses can be used again for other things!)

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We made the costumes for the back-up singers for "Johnny Casino." This was one of Simplicity's Retro patterns. I hated this material--awful to work with, but it looked good on stage.

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"Patty" had a barbie-doll look. The dress was too short so we added a pink ruffle and the pink chiffon made it more 50s.

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"Rizzo" wore a dress her mom made for her--it looked great!

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Our "Jan" wore padding to make her very curvy. To hide her bra straps we added lots of chiffon at the top and to emphasize her waist we added chiffon at the middle. This was another thrift store dress.

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